Friday, May 6, 2016

HAPPY WORKING BEES

I snapped this picture last weekend.  Now of course there is no way to know if these are ours but odds are pretty good they are from "Ariadne Hive"...


This is a weed, can't remember the name, that I saw movement around (it was on the fence line) and so I walked over there to see what was going on.  I couldn't believe it...the bees were going crazy collecting pollen.  They were digging around and at times almost "disappearing" inside it.

Very cool to see!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

SUMMER FLOWER COMBINATION, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!


We like looking online for color combinations that look nice.  There is something really pretty about a purple, yellow and white combination like above.  They really compliment each other. Not sure what these flowers are but we can imaging this is wonderful in person.

Anyone have any other wonderful color combinations in landscaping?

Be inspired!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PILE OF HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Nope, not from our garden (someday!), but we did pick these up at a local farmers market during our errand running over the weekend...

Assorted Heirloom Tomatoes
...now what to do with them?  They are a bit too good to just smash up or roast in the oven.

Anyone have any great tomato ideas?

UPDATE:




This is what we did with a  few.  We didn't have mozzarella and the store downstairs was closed so we just made our own almost Caprese salad with tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar.

YUMMY!



Monday, May 2, 2016

GUEST BEDROOM TOUR

OK...several of you asked for more pictures of the house a few weeks back.  Since the decluttering is done, as we complete a room, or at least feel that one is more or less completed, we've decided to take pictures and give everyone a virtual tour.  And many of you also commented (very sweetly) on how much you liked this room and the colors.  

So without further ado, here are some pictures!

THE GUEST ROOM:

The farm house is two bedrooms and one bath.  We wanted the master bedroom to be more masculine in color and style, so for this guest room, we decided on a softer color palette.  There were two pieces of furniture from my Mom that were pale yellow and there was a pink bedspread on her bed...we had those in storage and decided to build off of them...pink and yellow!


This is the view as you walk in, toward one of the windows (and window unit a/c).  You can see the Lane cedar chest we got out of storage last year at the foot of the bed.  My Mom had that pink stand too, not sure what to do with it but hey, it's a corner and it fit perfectly.  That piece under the window unit is an old wooden fireplace screen with flowers on it.  No fireplace of course but this was a good spot to put it.

Vintage yellow Hoosier cabinet
This is looking toward the bathroom door (on the left) and one closet door (on the right).  That cabinet is an old kitchen cabinet, one of those "Hoosier style" cabinets, in pale yellow.  My Mom found it at a furniture consignment store once upon a time.  It's a great piece and fit the space between the two doors like it was meant to be.  It also provides us with great storage.  Since the bathroom is so small and has almost no storage, we use this cabinet to store medicine and toiletries, first aid stuff, rolls of toilet paper, soap, shampoo, towels, etc.



This is looking toward the bed wall.  This bed frame is a white vintage style metal that we found it at Ikea of all places!  The lamp is a family piece from my Dad's side of the family.  The pictures are just random finds from thrift stores and garage sales.  The bears are patchwork quilt pieces and are also thrift store finds.  Oh and that little yellow end table?  We found that at Marshall's Home Goods store last year, it's the PERFECT color yellow for the room.



This is on the window side of the room looking back toward the entrance.  That curtain on the left is the "curtain door" that we put up a couple of years ago since there is no door (no space for one to open up wide) on that opening.  It goes into the kitchen.  The yellow cabinet is a vintage child's wardrobe cabinet, the doors open and one half is all drawers.  It's great for linen storage, sheets, a few blankets, etc.  The door on the right is another fairly large closet (there is more closet space here than we had in town at the house, ha). 


Bedroom with flowers

Here's another view toward that corner...

Pink and yellow bedroom
...and here is the other corner of that same bed wall, looking toward the other window (next to the one with the a/c unit).  As you can see, the theme in this room is flowers.  We call it the "Spring Room".  We felt that having the guest room with a more feminine energy was a good balance for the house.  Hey, even if we don't have flowers all around the outside yet, at least we'll always have them on the inside here in this room.  I love to take a nap in this room on a nice cool day with the windows open.

We think both our Mom's would have loved to stay in this room.  

Hope you enjoyed the "tour"!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

MOWING ADVENTURE

 So I was trying to beat the rain today to get the mowing done...


I mowed some parts and then when it got too wet...


...I just skipped over them so I didn't get the mower stuck...


If aliens should happen to fly over, we've got some great crop circles going that should be nice and visible from the air, LOL!


There was a bright spot though...the neighbor's cows were VERY happy to see me on the zen machine...


They followed me up and down the fence line and I made sure to mow so the discharge chute pushed the clippings their direction...

Hope your weekend went well!


FARMS NEED TREES, VINTAGE POSTER SUNDAY

Most every Sunday, we try to post an image of old posters that we find during online surfing.  We enjoy the ones that reflect farming, gardening and/or food preservation and rationing.  We enjoy them because we often wonder if anyone today would heed the kind of advice they gave back then...enjoy!

Plains Farms Need Trees, vintage poster image courtesy of LOC.gov
In honor or Arbor Day (2 days ago) I found this great poster image.  This one dates from the late 30's and just after the "Great Dust Bowl".  There was a concerted effort to get people in the Plains to plant more trees.  The tag line on the poster "Trees Prevent Wind Erosion, Save Moisture...protect crops" was of course the direct response to preventing future Dust Bowl and drought type events.  What we also find fascinating is the additional line about trees "Contribute to Human Comfort and Happiness".  When was the last time the remember the Government saying something like this about the environment?    

Save the trees is always a good thing in any time period.  We try to plant trees as often ass we can, fruit trees, decorative trees, nut trees, whatever, trees are always welcome.

Off to mow (what I can anyway) today.  There is a chance of rain again but so far the radar is mostly clear, at least toward the farm.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY

...come again another day!

More rain coming through. This was this morning at 5:30am when we were awakened to thunder and lightning.  This is relatively fast moving so even though heavy rain, no flooding should occur...


Of course none of us need the rain here now.  

The grass at the farm is crazy tall, I need some zen machine time, so I asked 2nd Family and they said since our end of the property is up higher, the rain that fell, moved through quickly and drained off, but it's still a bit wet.  I'm hoping that tomorrow (Sunday), after today has given things a chance to dry out, I'll go out again and hopefully be able to mow. But we'll see!

For now though, we will leave you with these words of wisdom:


So, so true...


Friday, April 29, 2016

ACCIDENTAL LIGHT SHOW

So the other day, we walked into the bedroom and saw this amazing light show on the wall on top of a bookcase:


It was truly mesmerizing!


What happened is that we had moved some things around and put this blue carnival glass bowl on top of the shelf next to a blue glass vase. In doing that, the light from the nearby window, at the same time every day, comes in, hits the carnival glass bowl, bounces up and into the vase and then light just sort of radiates out of the top...like blue and green smoke. 

Too cool!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

HANGING FLOWER BASKETS, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and hopefully recreate it...enjoy!

Image of hanging flower baskets courtesy of Houzz.com
Right now at the farm, we have ferns in hanging baskets.  And you know we love color.  So when looking at porch pictures, we saw this and loved it.  Of course, I doubt we could keep these up with only being out there on the weekends to water but dang, they sure are pretty.

Maybe I can figure out some sort of slow watering system.  I believe some of you have mentioned diaper lining in the bottom of the basket to hold water.  Heck, it might be fun to try and see what we could come up with.

Be inspired!